FirstLight Power has applied to relicense a number of exisiting hydroelectric power facilities on our portion of the CT River. Greening Greenfield does not want these licenses to allow operations for another 50 years like the last 50 have been. Read on to learn more background and see how you can Take Action.
Save the Connecticut River: New Opportunity to Speak Up on Relicensing
and we are thrilled to announce
Our Request for public meetings has been heard!
What's Next? See Take Action for what they've agreed to and what still needs work.
Greening Greenfield would like as many people as possible to be involved in the relicensing effort, continuing to make local voices heard about the health of our river.
Although the federal government is the ultimate licensing agency, Massachusetts has the POWER to define how our river can be used, by issuing a Water Quality Certificate. MassDEP* does not have a well-defined required process for soliciting public comment on a Water Quality Certification. In the recent past, they have simply required a public notice in the newspaper, which is easily missed, and a 20-day comment period. This is now much better than that minimum, but we need to stay on top of their proposed process and convince them to get the details right. AND it appears that according to regulations they don't control, there will still only be 20 days in the FORMAL public comment period. We have to pay attention.
FirstLight Power operates interrelated hydroelectric projects on the Connecticut River that are currently up for relicensing. These hydro projects include
- Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Facility
- The "impoundment area" - the 20 miles of CT River above the Turners Falls Dam, from Barton Cove to Vernon, VT
- Turners Falls Dam itself
- Station One - a tiny power generating plant, and
- Cabot Station
TAKE ACTION for
- A description of our new, current ACTION ITEM: Thank you letter and request for more communication
- Sample letters
- Names and addresses
LEARN MORE for background information including:
- Pumped storage: purpose and problems
- $$ Two other notes on money $$
- Links to other sources of information
Greening Greenfield is currently focusing on the PROCESS of relicensing, and urges you to contact other sources for more information about the technical aspects of river flow, erosion, fish habitat, recreation, and more, including
AIP - Agreement in Principle
AFLA - Amended Final License Application
CRC - Connecticut River Conservancy
DEP or MassDEP - Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
EEA / EOEEA - Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
EIS - Environmental Impact Statement
FERC - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
FL - FirstLight Power
FLA - Final License Application
FPA - Federal Power Act
GG - Greening Greenfield
ISO-NE - Independent Systems Operator - New England
MEPA - Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act
NRF - Naturally Routed Flow
PM&E - Protection, Mitigation, & Enhancement
REA - Ready for Environmental Analysis
TF - Turners Falls
USGS - United States Geological Survey (usually used in FirstLight documents for USGS "gage" or "gage flow")
WQC - Water Quality Certificate